Whether you’re visiting the Smoky Mountains for a romantic getaway or an activity-filled family vacation, you’ll find Zen Bear Retreat perfect for your needs. Despite its serene, private setting, the log cabin is only minutes from the attractions of both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. What’s more, it includes an indoor jetted tub in the master suite for just the 2 of you as well as an outdoor hot tub where everyone can gather—and it’s pet-friendly too.
Upon arriving at Zen Bear Retreat, the first thing you might notice—besides the abundance of towering trees around the cabin—is its large covered deck. You’ll no doubt spend a fair amount of time out here, sipping your morning coffee as wrens and warblers greet the day, lingering over a last glass of wine while admiring the starry night sky. And when you return after hiking in the mountains or fishing in one of the nearby streams, you’ll likely make a beeline to the deck’s hot tub. Its massaging jets of water will soon have your tired muscles feeling as good as new.
The great room makes up most of Zen Bear Retreat’s main floor. With its beamed ceiling, wood-planked walls and floor, and stone-surround fireplace, it’s everything you want in a Smoky Mountain cabin. In addition to the living area, furnished with comfy couches and armchairs, there’s a dining area that can accommodate up to 6 people and a fully equipped kitchen. Sure, there are plenty of eateries nearby; in fact, the famed Greenbrier Restaurant is less than 15 minutes away. But even if you eat your major meals out, you’ll appreciate having a refrigerator to keep wine and juice cold, a blender to mix milkshakes or margaritas, and a microwave to reheat any restaurant leftovers.
On the loft, this level is Zen Bear Retreat’s game room. The full-size pool table is the main attraction, but the room also has a flat-screen TV with cable and a pub-style table. The far corner of the loft is a sleeping area, with full-size bunk beds. If you’re vacationing with the kids, they’ll love it up here: It feels a bit like staying in a tree house—a tree house with a pool table and a full bathroom, that is!
The 2nd bathroom is on the main level, and it’s part of the master suite. This suite puts the “retreat” in Zen Bear Retreat. In addition to a king-size bed, a flat-screen TV, and the private bathroom, there’s a large jetted tub. End your day—and start your evening—with a long, romantic soak for 2. The silvery moonlight streaming in through the windows and the hooting of owls in the woods will only add to the ambiance.
Should you have additional guests, a sofa in the great room opens into a bed for 2, enabling Zen Bear Retreat to sleep up to 6 people—and a pet or 2. Other amenities include free WiFi and your own washer and dryer.
The greatest amenity of all, though, is probably Zen Bear Retreat’s location. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only 15 minutes away, as is the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, an 8-mile trail of more than 120 shops, galleries, and studios. Just as close is downtown Gatlinburg, home to the Anakeesta outdoor entertainment complex, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the Guinness World Records Adventure, a mountain coaster, mini golf, shops, arcades, and more. Even closer is Wild Bear Falls Water Park, one of the country’s largest indoor water parks. And only 20 minutes from the cabin, in the opposite direction, are Dollywood, the Titanic Museum, and the other attractions of Pigeon Forge.
However you plan to spend your Smoky Mountain vacation, you’ll love having Zen Bear Retreat as your home base. See for yourself; book your stay today. We look forward to seeing you!